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Kingston SSDNow V300 240GB SATA III SSD Review

Kingston SSDNow V300 240GB SATA III SSD Review - PCSTATS
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Abstract: In this review PCSTATS will be testing the 240GB Kingston SSDnow V300 SSD - a 6Gb/s SATA III drive rated by the manufacturer for sequential read speeds up to 450MB/s and write speeds up to 450MB/s.
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I haven't had much (if any) experience with Kingston SSDs. For that matter, the CanadaComputers geeks I spoke with in the store didn't know much about Kingston's SSDs either... I like to ask computer store employees which brands generate the highest number of RMA's, to see if they know their stuff and to find out which brands I should avoid. According to the CanadaComputers staff PCSTATS chatted with, the highest RMA award goes to OCZ, so we decided to give the Kingston SSDnow V300 SSD a shot.

In this review PCSTATS will be testing the 240GB Kingston SSDnow V300 SSD - a 6Gb/s SATA III drive rated by the manufacturer for sequential read speeds up to 450MB/s and write speeds up to 450MB/s. Kingston's "SSDNow V300" is built around MLC NAND Flash and reportedly the LSI SandForce (SF-2281) controller. In the hierarchical world of Solid State Drives, Kingston's SV300S37A/240G slots into the mainstream class.

Looking at the numbers, Kingston's SSDnow V300 SSD is spec'd for 4KB random reads at 85,000 IOPS and 4KB random writes at 43,000 IOPS. The SSDNow V300 drive supports SMART, NCQ, and TRIM. Peak power consumption is rated at 2.052W, idle is a scant 64mW; this puppy can certainly help extend notebook battery life if you're considering an SSD to replace a 2.5" HDD. The 1.0 million hours MTBF rating Kingston assign to the SSDnow V300 is lower than other SSDs PCSTATS have tested (average is 1.2M - 2M hrs MTBF). The drive is backed by a 3 year limited warranty.

Kingston's 2.5" SSDNow V300 240Gb SSD (model: SV300S37A/240G) retails for around $214 USD/CDN, or about $0.89/GB. The SSDnow V300 family includes models ranging from 60GB to 240GB capacity.

240GB Kingston SSDNow V300 SSD

Model: CT256M4SSD2
Memory: MLC NAND Flash
Controller:Marvell 88SS9174-BLD2
TRIM: Yes
NCQ: Yes
Garbage collection: Yes
Wear levelling: Yes

Capacity: 256GB
Interface: 6Gb/s SATA III
Formfactor: 2.5" (9.5mm thick)
Warranty: 3 Years

Price: $214USD/CDN

Kingston's SSDNow V300 comes in a standard die cast aluminum chassis, painted gray with a large logo sticker on one side and nothing on the opposite. The SSD measures 2.5" wide and is just 7mm thick. It comes with a stick-on plastic frame that increases overall thickness to 9.5mm. Nothing else is included.


Kingston's 2.5" SSDNow V300 SSD

The on board controller is what makes or breaks an SSD -- it's responsible for balancing bandwidth, latency and reliability. Kingston's SSDNow V300 reportedly uses an LSI SandForce (SF-2281) controller. The useable capacity of the drive is 223.6GB. Let's see how this SSD handles itself on the PCSTATS test bench, next.

Prelude to Benchmarks

The details of how the Kingston's SSDnow V300 SSD test system was configured for benchmarking; the specific hardware, software drivers, operating system and benchmark versions is indicated below. Please take a moment to look over PCSTATS test system configurations before moving on to the individual benchmark results on the next page.

PCSTATS Test System Configuration
Test System
Processor:

Intel Core i5 2500K (32nm)

Clock Speed: 33 x 100 MHz = 3.3 GHz
Socket: Socket LGA1155
Motherboard:

Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UD5H (Z77 Express)

Videocard:

GBT GV-N470SO-13I (Geforce GTX470)

Memory:

4x 4GB Corsair DDR3-1600C9

Memory Speed: DDR3-1600 RAM
Hard Drive:

- SSD -
128GB Plextor PX-128M1S (3GB/s)
120GB OCZ VTX2-SSD (3Gb/s)
240GB OCZ VTX3-SSD (6Gb/s)
240GB SanDisk SDSSDX-240G-G25 (6Gb/s)
256GB Crucial M4 CT256M4SSD2 (6Gb/s)

240GB Kinston SV300S37A/240G (6Gb/s)

- HDD -
1TB WD RE4 WD1003FBYX (3Gb/s)
1TB WD WD1001FALS (3Gb/s)
3TB Seagate Barracuda XT (6GB/s)
2TB Segate Barracuda XT (6GB/s)
750GB Seagate Momentus XT SSHD (6GB/s)
500GB Seagate Momentus XT SSHD (3Gb/s)

Optical Drive:

Plextor PX-B310U Blu-Ray

Power Supply:

Seasonic SS-760KM (760W)

Heatsink:

Intel Reference 2011 Heatsink

Monitor (1080p):

ASUS MK241 24" HD LCD

Software Setup:

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultiimate 64-bit
Intel INF 9.2.3.1020
nVidia 285.62

Benchmarks:
Hard Drive Benchmarks:
AS SSD 1.6
HDTune Pro 4.0
PCmark Vantage
SiSoft Sandra 2012
HD Tach 3.0.4.0
CrystalDiskMark 3.0.1

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Contents of Article: Kingston SSDNow V300
 Pg 1.  — Kingston SSDNow V300 240GB SATA III SSD Review
 Pg 2.  SSD Benchmarks: CrystalDiskMark 3, AS SSD
 Pg 3.  SSD vs HDD Benchmarks: HD Tune Pro 4.01
 Pg 4.  SSD vs HDD Benchmarks: HD Tach 3.0.4, Sandra 2012
 Pg 5.  HDD Benchmarks: PCMark Vantage

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